Joe May

Senior Affiliate

Having served eight years as Chancellor of Dallas College, Dr. Joe May brings a solid commitment to improving the Dallas economy and growing regional jobs. As a senior affiliate for HCM Strategists, May recognizes the importance of using policy and organizational strategy to tackle many of States most challenging issues. These challenges include addressing regional workforce needs, growing minority-owned businesses, the negative impacts of income disparity, and providing opportunity equality. To help meet the needs of Dallas County students, May led the consolidation of seven separate colleges into a single institution. Previously known as the Dallas County Community College District, Dallas College now serves over 150,000 North Texas students.

Because of his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, May served as the founding president of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a national consortium of community colleges. As the President of RAMC, he was involved in pushing Congress to reinstate year-round Pell Grants and second chance Pell Grants for the currently incarcerated.

As a community leader and educator, May strongly believes in collaborative efforts and has worked closely with public school districts, sponsored charter schools, career academies, early college high schools, and P- TECH high schools. To meet the early childhood teacher shortage in North Texas, he sought authorization for Dallas College to offer a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education.

May previously served as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, president for the Colorado Community College System, and Pueblo Community College president before accepting the system’s CEO position. He also served in leadership roles at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas; Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas and Vernon College in Vernon, Texas.

A native of East Texas, May earned his Doctorate in Education from Texas A&M-Commerce. He also holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.


Areas of Expertise

  • Policy & organizational strategy
  • Postsecondary degree credentials & skills-based certification programs
  • Work-based learning and workforce needs
  • DEI initiatives connecting postsecondary outcomes + commerce



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